K-pop idol and actress Bae Suzy spoke Wednesday about her personal feelings about her career and how she copes with the stress that ensues from being a sought-after celebrity, in an interview published by a local media outlet.
Regarding her movie "Sound of a Flower (Dorihwaga)," released Nov. 25, Suzy said that she could empathize with her role Jin Chae-sun in that she was held back from singing by the circumstances around her.
Jin Chae-sun, Korea's first female pansori singer in recorded history, fought against the social taboo against women singing in public.
Suzy said, "The ordeal Chae-sun goes through in order to sing reminded me of the time I spent as a trainee. When I read the script for the first time the memories flashed back. I especially remembered how sad and upset I was back when I was trying to become a singer in my own right."
She also said, "I vaguely felt that I had to be at the training studio earlier than anyone else and that I had to be the last person to leave it. When someone was there ahead of me I was down for the whole day. I still have the same amount of passion but now I think I have more know-how."
As for the different aspects of her career as a K-pop singer and an actress, Suzy said that the music she so far sang as a member of the quartet girl group miss A had specific themes that veiled her true character. In movies, however, despite acting a role she feels more exposed as a person.
"I am reflected in the roles I play to a certain degree. During stage performances, I hide behind the heavy makeup and shiny outfits, but in a movie I feel all that's dissolved and I stand naked."
Life as a sought-after celebrity can be wearisome to a 21-year-old.
"There are things I'm stopped from doing, or things that are allowed but with tiring consequences. Sometimes I want to break past all that, but at the end of it I just refrain myself to avoid unwanted troubles. For example, if I don't go outside then there would be no chance of me getting photographed. If I ventured out for some tteokbokki (spicy rice cake snack), I could be spotted and things could get uncomfortable. … Things can be suffocating sometimes but I live with it."
Suzy de-stresses while driving.
"In the past, I used to go to Paldang Dam. It's easy to get to and there's never a traffic jam on the way. These days I just circle my neighborhood," she said.
"I also listen to songs that are soothing and consoling. I like the lyrics that go beyond the usual 'It's okay, you did well' repertoire. The ones that reveal specific lifestyles arouses empathy in me. I find there are more songs like these in the indie genre. So I listen to a lot of indie musicians," Suzy said.
She picked Korean balladeer Afrodino's "Sigh (Hue)" as a song she particularly felt for. "'Please, I hope I had a place to lean on and rest' is the part I especially like," Suzy said.
Upon being asked where she would like to lean on by the interviewer, Suzy humorously joked, "The wall," with a laugh.